The first week of May 2017 marks the first Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and the 3rd of May is World Maternal Mental Health Day. We’ve been taking a look at why this relatively new and unheard of day is really important. Here at Hand on Heart, we often hear about new mums having a rough start to motherhood and it’s much more common than you might think.
Around the world, approximately every 1 in 5 mums experience some form of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). Today is all about raising awareness, knowing how to spot the signs, making sure those who think they may be suffering have the relevant information to help, and stamping out the stigma.
It’s not only new mums that can be affected, PMADs can affect the whole family. In fact, 1 in every 10 new dads experience depression.
Unfortunately, many of the mums who suffer are also coping with the loss of a child. 20-25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth and these mothers are still prone to depression and PMADs.
To find out more you can visit the Maternal Mental Health Matters website here, and the UK based website Maternal Mental Health Alliance here. Use #maternalmhmatters to help raise awareness and do your part.